Musical send-off for band leader Dave

By Michael Upton | 23/02/2018

Musical send-off for band leader Dave

BAND leader Dave Brennan was given a fitting musical send-off when a parade band performed outside his funeral.

The Jubilee Parade Band paid tribute to the 81-year-old musician outside Rotherham Minster on Friday, while Dave’s own Jubilee Jazzband two numbers during the service — Old Rugged Cross and Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet, which the band had also played at Dave’s wedding to wife Val.

The parade band also played at the burial service at Whiston Parish Church and the wake at Sitwell Golf Club was also a tuneful affair, with several musicians paying their own respects in music.

Dave (pictured below), who died last month aged 81, was a highly-rated jazz man who played for Louis Armstrong and brought a host of big names to Rotherham.

Terry Kennedy, the drummer in Dave’s band since the early days, described his friend and fellow musician as a “musical legend” who was known as a “musician, band leader, opera lover, cricket fanatic and avid follower of Rotherham United”.


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